Month: May 2019

10 Amazing Ways To Support The Malaysian Music Industry

Image credit: All Is Amazing This is Part 3 and the final article in a series that looked into the factors influencing how Malaysian music gets selected for radio and the challenges musicians face in the process. You can read  more on that in Part 1 and Part 2 for further context. Getting more Malaysian music on radio, specifically English songs, is a feat that requires collaboration between multiple stakeholders. Some of the key people involved are local musicians, radio executives, the communications and multimedia ministry and local music fans; that’s you and me! How can we make this...

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Kaum India dan Sastera Kebangsaan — Bahagian 1

Sastera Kebangsaan merujuk kepada karya kesusasteraan yang dihasilkan oleh rakyat Malaysia dan ditulis menggunakan Bahasa Malaysia. Satu lagi ciri penting konsep Sastera Kebangsaan terletak pada penglibatan penulis pelbagai kaum yang menulis tentang keunikan budaya, adat, pemikiran, agama, kepercayaan dan sebagainya berkaitan kaum, keturunan atau etnik yang diwakili. Selain daripada orang Melayu, sesungguhnya kaum Cina dan India, keturunan Siam, Orang Asli, serta pelbagai etnik di Sabah dan Sarawak turut terlibat dalam memperkaya khazanah Sastera Kebangsaan. Penulis kaum India di Malaysia menceburi bidang penulisan puisi, cerpen, novel, esei dan drama dalam Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil dan Inggeris. Sejak tahun 2004, istilah “Sasterawan Kavyan” digunakan apabila merujuk secara khusus kepada golongan penulis...

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From money to connections, here’s why good Malaysian music is not on air

Malaysian band Nadir performs in China. Spotify didn’t kill the radio star…you did. Yes, you – the all powerful consumer with the buying power and limited attention span. Our behaviour as individuals may seem insignificant but when all of us act in similar fashion, as a collective, we call the shots. In this 2nd edition of a 3-part series, Eksentrika sheds light on the challenges faced by Malaysian musicians attempting at fame and fortune in the national arena. This picks up from our initial story, which explored some of the reasons and oft repeated folklore that may have contributed...

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Perkembangan psikologi dan trend teater millennial di Malaysia

Teater Modular 3 (Moka Mocha Ink, Kongsi KL, 2018). Foto oleh Walid Ali Kita semak maksud millennial oleh banyak pakar. Rata-rata kelaskan mereka sebagai anak-anak yang lahir dari tahun 1980 sehingga tengah 90-an atau sebelum 2000. Mereka ini jugalah yang digelar sebagai anak-anak yang lahir sebelum tahun 2000 dalam erti kata mudah. Mereka terdedah dengan peralihan dunia analog dan digital, millennial pasti ada pengalaman pakai disket atau dengar kaset di radio. Mereka juga yang ada pengalaman pertama mengguna I Pod dan juga telefon pintar. Mereka jugalah yang asalnya beli CD fizikal yang kemudiannya pertama kali membeli lagu secara digital....

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5 types of people who should read Zunar’s ‘Fight Through Cartoons’

Cover image by Zunar Cartoonist Fan Club. Other images by Cherise Be. Forget Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Fight Through Cartoons, a recently released semi-autobiography and part philosophy on cartooning by Zunar will provide practical tips on how to creatively fight your opponents. Published by Marshall Cavendish, the book zooms in on the challenges faced by the popular Malaysian cartoonist from the time Najib Razak took power in 2008 until the day Barisan Nasional’s 62 year reign ended on May 9, 2018. Zunar had approached me initially to assist him with this book in 2015. However, at that time,...

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